We are doing a series of posts about the institutions we’ll be visiting during TourFest 2015 on May 16! First up is the Massachusetts Historical Society and the New England Historic Genealogical Society and American Jewish Historical Society. Register here now!
The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) has operated as an independent research library since 1791, providing researchers with access to extraordinary collections documenting the history of American life and culture. MHS is the nation’s first historical society and maintains, preserves, and provides access to extensive collections including the personal papers of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. At the tour, REPS and NEA members will learn about the history of the MHS and its art collections and will have the opportunity to explore the current exhibition God Save the People!: From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill. A reference librarian will share behind-the-scenes information about how staff at MHS are actively managing and preserving their collections, as well as serving the needs of researchers who visit the repository both physically and virtually, through exhibitions, lectures, tours, seminars, and workshops.
Attendees in Group 1 will get a 2 for 1 afternoon tour at TourFest 2015! The Wyner Center for the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), which functions as the New England regional headquarters of AJHS, the nation’s oldest ethnic historical organization. The AJHS-New England Archives serve as the archival repository for the documentary record of Jewish Life in Great Boston and New England. Genealogists at AJHS-New England Archives provide families with reference and research assistance in exploring and learning about their family histories and genealogy. The AJHS-New England Archives’ holding including personal papers, organizational records, photographs, reports and other materials for researching the Jewish community and its history in Boston.
AJHS-New England Archives is situated within the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), which will be the second stop on this 2 for 1 tour. The NEHGS was founded in 1845 as America’s leading resource for research of family history. The staff at NEHGS provide research services for nearly all aspects of family history, from 17th century colonial New England through 21st century immigration research.
Participants will receive a tour of the whole building, including both archives, and staff will talk about their strategic partnership and what that means for collaboration on some projects, including the digital curation workstation, the digital archives, and an upcoming exhibit on World War I. Staff also plan to showcase some items from their favorite collections and will hopefully have some time at the end for participants to make buttons (using images from the collections.)